Cartoons: Babysitter Blather

Whether you’re the sitter or the sittee, you know that there are hijinks in store!

A babysitting couple is left with their friends trouble child, who is holding a saw and a hammer.

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Babysitter being swarmed by her clients' children
“If they give you any trouble…”
Zeis
June 4, 1955

 

A babysitting couple is left with their friends trouble child, who is holding a saw and a hammer.
“We’ll be back at twelve; and don’t worry about Georgie, he knows how to amuse himself.”
Lepper
April 19, 1952

 

A teenage girl in a clothing store calls one of her babysitting clients, hoping to get a job where she can pay off the expensive clothes she is looking to buy.
“Hello, Mrs. Williams? This is Sue – I was wondering if I can expect any sitting jobs from you this month?”
Clara Gee Restain
April 10, 1954

 

A babysitter and all of her friends arrive at her client's home to begin babysitting duties.
“Dear, the sitter’s here.”
Locke
January 19, 1952

 

A babysitter sees her charge's parents off as they begin their date.
“Try to have a good time, Mrs. Lee, and forget what you’re paying me!”
Ben Roth
September 15, 1951

 

A grumpy man tells his wife his displeasure at having to sit through a musical performance.
“I wish I was making that 75₡ an hour and the sitter was here with you!”
Salo
June 14, 1952

 

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Comments

  1. At a friend’s house party, the conversation turned to the high cost of sitters. One guy quipped, “We can’t afford a sitter. Our kids are waiting in the car outside.”

  2. The top two are my favorites of this bunch. In #1 I don’t know which is more disturbing: the two boys hagging out the sitter, or the parents nonchalant insensitivity while still being there.

    The bottom cartoon from ’52 is funny. My parents paid the babysitter 75 cents an hour to stay with my younger sister and I in 1966 and ’67, which must have been acceptable pay then. Wages/costs then were probably not that much different than 1952, or that sitter was paid pretty well. We never gave the sitter any trouble though. Being out of my seat visiting with the other kids in class was another matter however.

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